Van de President October 2015

September was a very busy month for me. First the committee meeting on the 1st of September where we had to finalise the working bee planned for Saturday the 3rd of October. We are counting on many volunteers to come and help us tidy up the property and clean Holland House at 123 Rockfield Road, Penrose, starting at 9am. Weather permitting we will finish up with a BBQ and few drinks for all those who have helped us on the day.

Don’t forget to come to the Coffee Morning on Sunday the 4th of October to see the transformation that has taken place the day before. We start with Coffee at 10am, the Bar will be open at 11am and lunch will be served at midday. See you all there.

On Saturday the 10th of October there will be again our monthly Dutch Market, starting at 10am. The attendance is ever increasing. It pays to be on time to get a good seat in our Café. If the weather is good we will be able to use the deck at the rear of the building. If you want to have a stall at the market please book it with me by email or phone. Bring your friends and family to get a taste of the Dutch atmosphere.

Walter Hermsen, Ineke Knuvers and I will be in Christchurch from Friday the 16th of October to Sunday the 18th of October when we will be returning to Auckland. We will be attending the Annual Netherlands Societies Committee Meeting to see what is happening around the country in other clubs and to report on our activities in Auckland. We will be updated on the progress of the Dutch Museum and we will hear what we can do to help its progress.

The FSN Instuif Coffee morning is on Sunday the 18th of October. Do come and give support to this. It starts at 10am. There may even be a guest speaker. For more information contact Alice Henning on 837-3444 or by email [email protected]

A Film evening is planned for Saturday evening the 24th of October at 7.30pm, with a cash bar. For more information contact Ineke Knuvers on 483-5813 or Email her on [email protected] This could be the Dutch Film festival. See you there.

Are you interested in dancing and fun loving? The Dutch Dancers meet every Thursday evening from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in Holland House for practice and a social time. You are most welcome to join in and see for yourself how much fun it is. For more information contact Bert Koppenaal on 483-9892.

In August we had our fence vandalised and got it repaired, and again in September. Does anyone see these things? What can be done to prevent those vandals from doing this?  If you have an answer please let me know.

Has anyone attended the exhibition from Leon van den Eijkel, the 100 Days of Art exhibition and the Rembrandt Remastered exhibition at Smith & Caughey’s? Has anyone taken any photo’s from these to share in Het Krantje, and also please write an article about what your impressions were? Please contact me if you can.

New Dutch Books now available at Auckland Libraries. We have received information from the Auckland Libraries that they have purchased new Dutch books for both Children and Adults. They are available from all 55 Auckland branches.

As from the end of September you cannot renew your passports anymore at the Dutch Consulate in Auckland. From now on you need to do that at the Dutch Embassy in Wellington. We are sorry to see the consulate closed for passport renewals.

Sinterklaas Celebrations on the 5th of December. Keep this date free to take your children to a Dutch Traditional cultural activity. Please register your children now with Ineke Knuvers on 483-5813

If you have any articles or photo’s you want to share in “Het Auckland Krantje” email them to the editor Jon Strong ([email protected]) by the 15th of the month before publishing.

To those who are not well, I wish you a speedy recovery. To those who have lost a loved-one in the past month I give you my sincere condolences. To those who are planning to travel in the coming month, I wish you a safe journey. To those who have returned from their travels, welcome home. Until next time we meet, have a great time.

Albert Ruijne

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